Grenade Attack on
Radio Galkayo in Puntland
Tuesday 18 October 2011
assailants attacked with hand grenade at Radio Galkayo station
in the city of Galkayo in the self autonomous state of Puntland
of Somalia on Tuesday evening around 06:50PM local time.
attackers threw a bomb from back fence of the station and
damaged the back wall and windows of the office of the station's
director. No human casualties were reported. The reason of
the attack is not yet stated or investigated.
don't know why we are attacked and we do not know who did
the attack", said Abdullahi Hersi Adde, the managing
director of Radio Galkayo who spoke to NUSOJ. "We have
been lucky that nobody was harmed in the attack and all the
staff are fine now. But we are in fear now, we are very much
worried about our safety", lameted the director Mr. Adde
"We condemn the attack of the radio station and we call
the authorities of the region to fully investigate the event
and at a sametime to protect the journalists and the station
facilities", said Burhaan Daahir, NUSOJ president.
houses and their journalists have every right to be protected
to discharge professional duties without fear of intimidation,
bombing, killing or any other kind of interference. Safety
and security of the media and their staff is endangered as
a result of fulfilling their legitimate duties and they shall
be sufficiently protected by the authorities",’ insisted
Burhan Ahmed Dahir, NUSOJ President.
is the second time that similar attack was targeted on this
radio station. On 15th January 2010 unidentified assailants
lobbed grenades at Radio Galkayo, the attack that damaged
one studio and the roofs of the building. Similar grenade
attacks were also targetted on two other stations in the city
on the same night. Three journalists slightly wounded in the
Mohammed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General, called the number
of growing attacks in Somalia a serious threat to the press
freedom. "These attacks were brutal acts of terrorism.
Such attacks against the media only increased sense of insecurity.
We are extremely worried," said Mohammed Ibrahim, NUSOJ
are working in one of the most dangerous places in the world
to be a journalist and deserve to be given safe space to work,
but not to be killed. We call on the Puntland government to
bring the assailants to justice." Mr. Ibrahim added.
terror attack of media house is the latest episode in a continuing
wave of attacks on journlaists and media houses, which are
concerted efforts to restrain the freedom of the media.
this month, Abdiaziz
Ahmed Aden, 22 for Radio Markabley was killed, while Abdulkadir
Mohyadin, a camera man for the Somali National Television
(SNTV) and Ali Hassan known as Ali Hiiraan who works for the
Universal Television received wounds to one hand each hit
by a flying shrapnel, after suicide truck bomber blew himself
up at the gate of a government compound which houses more
than 4 government ministeries at the busy KM4 junction in
Mogadishu, killing more than 70 people, according to the government
and wounding more than 100, mainly students checking their
exam results. The students were hopping scholarships to Turkey
August, 2011, similar attack occured when unknown assailants
threw a bomb at
Radio Daljir station in Galkayo on slightly wounding the
guard of the radio station.
Abdulkadir Sheik Ali of Radio Galkayo and Hassan
Mohamed Ali of Radio Codka Nabdda (Voice of Peace) were
severely injured in seperate gun attacks on 14th and 22nd
September 2011in Galkayo and Bosaso cities of Puntland respectively.